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Formshifter
Formshifter
Studio album by Allegaeon
Released May 8, 2012[1]
Genre Technical death metal, melodic death metal
Length 52:51
Label Metal Blade
Producer Daniel Castleman
Allegaeon chronology
Fragments of Form and Function
(2010)
Formshifter
(2012)
Elements of the Infinite
(2014)

Formshifter is the second studio album by American death metal band Allegaeon. The album was released on May 8, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. As the band did not employ a drummer during the album's production, all drum parts were handled by session musician J.P. Andrande.[2] The album charted at no. 29 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[3]

ReleaseEdit

The first song to be released from the album was "Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst". The song's official video was uploaded to Metal Blade's YouTube channel on February 21, 2012.[4] "Behold (God I Am)" was the second song to be released, with its lyric video premiering on May 7.[5] The album was released the next day, on May 8. A music video was released on August 31 for the song "A Path Disclosed."[6]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Length
1. "Behold (God I Am)"   7:18
2. "Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst"   4:23
3. "A Path Disclosed"   4:29
4. "Iconic Images"   4:24
5. "Twelve-vals for the Legions"   7:11
6. "The Azrael Trigger"   5:00
7. "From the Stars Death Came"   5:25
8. "Timeline Dissonance"   3:21
9. "Formshifter"   5:18
10. "Secrets of the Sequence"   6:02
Total length:
52:51


ReceptionEdit

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[7]
AllMusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar halfStar empty[8]
Chronicles of Chaos 7/10[9]

Upon its release, Formshifter has received generally positive reviews.

About.com reviewer Andrew Kapper gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying "there is never a flat moment on the LP" and commending Ezra Haynes's vocals along with the guitar work.[7] AllMusic reviewer Gregory Heaney gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, comparing the album to At the Gates and Arch Enemy and calling the album a "nonstop riff-fest".[8] Chronicles of Chaos gave the album a 7 out of 10 and said the album's tracks increase in terms of quality, making the first three tracks "seem like a year old inconvenience".[9]

PersonnelEdit

  • Ezra Haynes – lead vocals
  • Greg Burgess – lead guitar
  • Ryan Glisan – rhythm guitar
  • Corey Archuleta – bass, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • J.P. Andrande – drums
  • Daniel Castleman – Engineer, mastering, mixing
  • Elmo Arteaga – Assistant engineer
  • Collin Marks – Artwork
  • Donovan Roubsouay – photography
  • Brian J. Ames – layout

ReferencesEdit

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